Environmental engineering is one of the fastest growing industries. Environmental engineers apply scientific principles of biology, chemistry, hydrology, and soil science to design sustainable solutions for environmental problems. They have the skills to complete projects that improve public health, waste disposal, and control water and air pollution in settings ranging from urban industrial facilities to rural wetlands. ECU Environmental Engineering students are prepared for careers as professional engineers in civil and environmental consulting firms, state and federal environmental agencies, and industrial processing and manufacturing companies.
The ECU Environmental Engineering concentration includes topics such as water quality analysis and treatment, air pollution control, stormwater design and management, and surface and groundwater hydrology. Students are encouraged to compliment the curriculum by selecting from a range of technical electives offered across campus and within the Department of Engineering. The small program size allows for frequent interactions between faculty and students. Field laboratories and projects located on and near campus provide students with an applied, hands-on experience.
Dr. Arun Aneja is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include In-situ nano-composite formation, technology development for circular economy for textile waste recycling, and corporate resiliency.
Dr. Etheridge is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and the Center for Sustainability. His research interests are in the areas of agricultural and ecological engineering. One of the focuses of Dr. Etheridge's research is increasing the sustainability of the agriculture industry by reducing water use and improving the water quality leaving agricultural operations. He is specifically interest in the interface between farms and nearby ecosystems. In the field of ecological engineering, Dr. Etheridge's research focuses on improving the design of coastal ecosystem creation and restoration projects to maximize nutrient retention while also providing other ecosystem services.
Mr. Foeller is a Teaching Instructor in the Department of Engineering. His interests include water quality issues in both groundwater and surface waters in North Carolina. He is also concerned with supplying safe drinking water for all in the future as our population grows.
Environmental engineers are employed in many diverse industries and frequently work with other engineers, scientists, planners, and resource managers. They design and implement solutions to environmental problems, including treatment systems and technology, design and operate facilities for controlling pollution, devise plans for improving public health, and develop strategies for resource management.
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